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February 8th, 2013

CFP: CRBLM Language & Music Symposium

Submissions for a poster session are now welcome for CRBLM Inaugural Symposium on Language and Music to be held at Montréal on Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th 2013.

Deadline: March 13th, 2013.

Symposium Overview
Language and music are arguably the most significant social and neurobiological endowments of humankind. At the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (CRBLM) they are the framework through which our members address questions in human development, cognition, performance, function and dysfunction.

They are also fruitful areas for cross-domain comparison. Music and language share many features such as a complex sound-pattern system, temporal structures, melody and intonation as well as sequencing and syntax. Conversely, differences in the domains illustrate what is unique about each.

Please join us at our inaugural symposium in which we will explore these issues with local, national and international experts, with a focus this year on development.

Confirmed speakers for the symposium include:

  • Nina Kraus (Northwestern University)
  • Jenny Saffran (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Laurel Trainor (McMaster University)
  • David Poeppel (New York University)
  • Ani Patel (Tufts University)
  • Linda Polka (McGill University)
  • Sandra Trehub (University of Toronto and University of Montreal)
  • Jon Sakata (McGill University)
  • Lucie Ménard (University of Quebec at Montreal)

The symposium will also feature a round-table discussion on sensitive periods chaired by Virginia Penhune (Concordia University) and including: Etienne de Villers-Sidani (McGill University), Denise Klein (McGill University), Laurel Trainor (McMaster University) and Jenny Saffran (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Submissions for a poster session are now welcome and student presenters will be eligible for a $250 prize for best conference poster (student must be first author).

To submit your abstract, please send, in a Word document, the following information:

  • Your name, affiliation and contact information (email address). Please include the names of your supervisor(s) if applicable, your research center affiliation(s) and university affiliation.
  • Names of all contributors on your poster
  • A maximum 250 word abstract

Forward your proposals by March 13, 2013 to info@brams.umontreal.ca

Poster abstract due date: March 13, 2013
Decision date: March 20, 2013



Registration to the symposium is mandatory.

Online registration will open by February, 28th latest.



Take part in a research study

BRAMS (International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research) is a unique laboratory dedicated to research excellence in the study of music and auditory cognition with a focus on neuroscience. BRAMS is located in Montreal and jointly affiliated with the University of Montreal and McGill University.


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